Conserving a Token

I recently acquired this 10 cent token from Company 3747 in Paris, Missouri. It has a few spots of environmental damage and some crud on it. I decided it needed conservation. The environmental damage could not be reversed, but the rest of the piece looks much nicer.

This is what the piece originally looked like:

Here is the token after conservation:

I soaked the token in Acetone and, under a stereo microscope, used blackberry thorns to dislodge the dirt and crud.

Thorns are great tools for this type of coin conservation. They have very fine points and are soft enough not to scratch the coin (if you’re careful). A friend suggested rose thorns work better, but I have more blackberry bushes in my neighborhood than roses.

Wisconsin 5 Cent Token

This token belonged to veterans CCC company 1680 of Wisconsin. The Manderscheid reference for CCC tokens says this piece was likely used by the camp near the town of Phelps.

One side of the token reads, “V-1680TH CO. / C.C.C.” with four stars.

The other side of the token reads, “GOOD FOR 5ยข IN TRADE.” There are 5 cent and 10 cent tokens from this camp.

The token reference and the CCC Legacy website indicate this company was located at four places in Wisconsin: Bloomington, Phelps, Blackwell, and Evansville. Archives of the company’s “Warvet” newspaper indicate it was a veteran’s company with work projects across the region.

The Tree Side

The photo above shows the “other side” of my CCC tokens. If my small collection is indicative, many of the tokens in the series use the nicely designed tree motif with the following text: “Civilian Conservation Corps | CCC | US.”

There is one Veterans Conservation Corps token, with a “V” surrounding a tree. The text reads “Veterans Conservation Corps | US | CC.”

A few of them do not depict the tree or any iconography other than text. Those pieces show the text “GOOD FOR # IN TRADE” (with the value or denomination in the center).

1934 New Deal Elongate

There are three contemporary varieties of elongates celebrating the New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corps. They all depict Franklin D. Roosevelt in the center of the design with an inscription surrounding the portrait.

Elongates are sometimes called “squished pennies.” These souvenir pieces are made usually by rolling a copper cent through a press, which imprints a new design on the coin.

Partial Year Sales on eBay 2019

I watch and track eBay sales of CCC tokens on eBay. From January through October, there were 52 examples sold for a total of $3,798. On average a token sold for $73 once every 6 days. Most pieces are scarce, and only a few are are commonly found.

The least expensive sold for $7, a corroded 10-cent token from company 1774 in Rochester, Minnesota.

The most expensive token sold for $298. This 25-cent piece was used by company 1471 in Jamestown, Tennessee.

12 tokens sold for $100 or more. And the 5-cent token for company 1754 was the most commonly sold (8 sales in the 10 months).

Unlisted 5 Cent Token From Arizona

On September 1, 2019, a seller on eBay auctioned a CCC token that is not listed in the Manderscheid catalog. The token reads “CCC Co. 2870” on one side and “Good For 5c In Trade” on the other. It sold for $99 plus $3 for shipping. The example had environmental damage.

The eBay listing is here:

A few screenshots are shown in case the completed eBay listing is removed from their system.